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Master of International Law

  • Masters (Coursework)

Join the international justice league. Our increasingly globalised world necessitates a greater understanding of international law, international relations and international dispute resolution mechanisms.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
Course Code
5729, 098121C
Study Mode
In person, Online
Domestic Fees
$25,500 per year / $38,250 total
International Fees
$33,500 per year / $50,250 total

About this course

Join the international justice league.

Our increasingly globalised world necessitates a greater understanding of international law, international relations and international dispute resolution mechanisms. Today's greatest problems and crises-including the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism, and climate change-require international coordination rather than diverse national responses.

In Griffith's Master of International Law, you'll be equipped with the skills to understand and apply international and globalised law principles in a range of contexts. Throughout your studies, you'll explore crucial topics such as international human rights and environmental issues, cross-border negotiations, transactions and disputes, and public international law developments.

As a student of this degree, you'll build on your existing knowledge and experience to gain a competitive edge in the legal, business, civil society, government, engineering and other professions where greater skills and knowledge in the field of international and global law are required. You'll also benefit from a stellar student support team. On-campus students will learn from a campus close to the iconic Gold Coast and its stunning beaches, and benefit socially and professionally from a thriving, collegiate learning community.

Taught by experienced experts, you'll gain a world-class education in a range of subjects including:

  • international human rights law
  • international negotiations
  • international organisations law
  • international environmental law
  • international family law and litigation
  • international commercial litigation
  • international criminal law
  • transitional justice

Under the guidance of an engaged supervisor, you may choose to explore a thesis option, enabling a deep dive into the international law topic of your passion. You'll also be able to undertake a variety of related non-law subjects, such as international relations theory, to diversify your skill set and knowledge base.

Industry and expert connections

Our expert staff have excellent contacts within international organisations such as the United Nations, international arbitral tribunals, the Hague Academy of International Law (including the Conference on Private International Law), major global law firms, the Australian government, international businesses and international civil society organisations.

Additionally, we're committed to proactively seeking and providing work-integrated learning opportunities for our students, including within international organisations, such as intergovernmental organisations and international courts, global law firms, international businesses, and civil society organisations.

Graduate outcomes

Graduates will gain a competitive advantage in a range of professional, legal and commercial employment markets through their high-level understanding of, and skills in, international, and comparative global law, principles and practice.

Global mobility

An array of inspiring overseas study opportunities, ranging from a few weeks to a year, may be available for students in this degree. Visit Go Global Griffith for more information.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of International Law, applicants must have:

  • a Bachelor degree or higher from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale);
  • OR a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from a recognised tertiary institution - these students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing;
  • OR a Graduate Certificate in International Law (or an equivalent qualification) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale) - students with a Graduate Certificate in International Law (or an equivalent qualification) may be eligible to receive 40 credit points of advanced standing.

Study locations

Gold Coast


Career pathways

As a graduate of this degree, you'll be well placed to thrive in the increasingly complex and dynamic field of international law. Global relations and diplomacy are experiencing fragility unseen for decades as geopolitical tensions rise in the face of a worldwide pandemic, ideological stalemates over climate change and other major challenges. As such, the need for highly skilled legal professionals across the government, private and not-for-profit sectors-particularly those well versed in the intricacies of international law-will remain high and grow.

Key employment sectors
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Judicial and Other Legal Professionals

Potential job outcomes

  • Arbitrator
  • Intelligence and policy analyst
  • Government policy and legal adviser
  • Diplomacy
  • Civil society strategist
  • International organization employee
  • International business negotiator
  • Global law-firm employee
Source: Australian Government JobOutlook

Credit for prior study or work

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

  • Credit transfer

Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past. These precedents will give you an idea of what you can expect.

  • View credit precedents for this program

How to apply

To apply, add this program to your shortlist at the top of this page or apply for this program now (a maximum of three preferences is allowed).

Griffith will assess your first preference and will only assess subsequent preferences if you are not successful.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be sent an email about how to track your application.

For a full list of your incomplete or submitted applications, please view your application list.

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